The decline of mainstream parties and rise of right-wing populism and anti-Semitism in Germany?

Room: 
Room B, City Hall
Time Slot: 
Monday 26th March 16:15 - 17:45
Panel Chair: 
  • Professor Rudi Wurzel (University of Hull)
Panel Members: 
  • Professor John Ryan (London School of Economics )
  • Dr Josefin Graef (Hertie School of Governance, Berlin)
  • Professor Charles Lees (Flinders University)
  • Dr Hartwig Pautz (University of the West of Scotland)
  • Dr Ed Turner (Aston University )

The German federal elections in September 2017 have been a watershed for the German political system. While the Christian Democrats under Chancellor Merkel and the Social Democrats suffered historical losses, the right-wing populist newcomer party Alternative for Germany (Alternative für Deutschland – AfD) managed to enter the Bundestag for the first time, becoming third-largest party in a seven party parliament. At the same time, there are signs that anti-Semitism may have become more ‘acceptable’ again in Germany among some political parties on the right and left. The papers in this panel assess from different analytical perspectives the rise of the AfD and its likely consequences for Germany and wider Europe. The paper on anti-Semitism in Germany also briefly assesses the German developments within a wider European context.